News Release: Monday, March 9th, 2020
News Release: Monday, March 9th, 2020
News Release: Monday, March 9th, 2020
Ciao Asheville Presents
"Rome Open City"
Sunday, March 29th, 1pm @MetroWines
Notes from Robert Formento
Ciao Asheville Film Coordinator
This next movie, Rome Open City, was directed by Roberto Rossellini and is considered a film classic. Filming started in January 1945, only a few months after the Allies forced the Nazis to evacuate Rome. There was destruction in the city from Allied bombs, Cinecittà was turned into a homeless camp for thousands of Italian refugees and therefore not available to film makers. Money for production was hard to come by. Even film stock was difficult to find. As a result, filmmakers were forced to become creative. But, Italian filmmakers were ready to leave behind the happy, Hollywood type movies that Mussolini favored during his regime. “Necessity is the mother of invention” and thus began the Italian Neorealism era. Directors would show the reality of Italy without Cinecittà, with very little money and mostly with unprofessional actors. As a result, neorealism films would have almost a documentary feel to them. In fact, Rome Open City shows wartime Italy though the eyes of those who actually lived through it, starting with Rossellini (Director), the screen writers, and all of the actors. (including German POWs as the occupiers)
Rome, Open City is considered the first of this new style of film making. The story takes place in Rome during the 9 month occupation by the Nazis. (The occupation took place after Mussolini was deposed and the new government sided with the Allies.) Hitler was furious with Italy and vowed to make life miserable for Italy, especially the resistance leaders. They would go to any length to smash those in the resistance or anyone providing them assistance. And this is a story based on true events of the resistance.
Although Italian neorealism films used mostly non professional actors, this film has two professional actors who provide standout performances; Aldo Fabrice who plays the priest Don Pietro and Anna Magnani, who plays the fiancee of one of the resistance leaders both lived through the occupation and this is the film where Anna Magnani became a star. She would go on to work with Visconti, Jean Renoir, Pasolini, Fellini, Tennessee Williams, etc.
This is Rossellini’s tribute to Italy’s resistance fighters and it is a masterpiece. Given that the film was shot a few short months after the occupation, while the rest of Italy was still occupied, it is highly realistic. There are some scenes with violence, but those scenes are hardly gratuitous.
Film time - 105 minutes
Event is "on the house"
$7 for a glass of Red or White Italian Wine
Save your seat by calling (828) 575-9525
The AGRITURISMO is comprised of four country large houses for holiday rental, positioned in pristine locations amid cypresses, olive groves and vineyards, views that have escaped the passage of time, and are reached by unpaved country roads. Their restoration has maintained, with the exception of modern kitchens and baths, the original structures of beamed ceilings, open sit-in fireplaces and large, airy rooms. Situated in this classic Tuscan landscape, near fields of our grazing sheep, the houses overlook the verdant valley that lies between the two distinctive hills of the farm.
The restoration of the buildings was undertaken by the architect Wendelin Gelpke himself, who tried to change as little as possible in the layout of the structures and to integrate modern facilities unobtrusively.
Florence 32 km – Siena 56 km – San Gimignano 37 km – Pisa 104 km – Lucca 101 km
Additional information concerning each house or flat can be found by using the links of the specific house/flat page in question.
General Facilities: Fireplaces, DVD, BBQ, washing machine, iron board, hairdryer, dishwasher, free parking, pools, equipped garden, microwave, toaster, wine and cheese tasting, fans, farm shop, reception, wi-fi area outdoor,mosquito screens, cot, highchair, toaster. Pets welcome
Services included in the price: Bed, bath and kitchen linens, water, gas for the kitchen, electricity, weekly change, final cleaning, welcome basket, wine and cheese tasting at our farm
Extra costs: from 1 March Local Tourist Tax, 1,50/pax/night up to max. 7 night
Children under 14 do not pay
Extra costs to be paid according to use: heating upon consumption
Upon request and not included in the price: domestic help, cook, cooking classes, baby sitter, taxi service, welcome dinner, horse riding, watercolour lessons, massages. Bookings can be secured by credit card. A deposit is required for larger groups.
Six hectares of the farm’s one hundred and fourty were planted with vines in the very best positions around Corzano. At the altitude of three hundred meters they form a natural amphitheatre facing south-southwest in soil gravely in structure and rich in clay and lime. The farm’s herd of milk sheep supplied the natural manure; traditional local wine making techniques were modified and enhanced by the skills learned by the young winemakers in the Swiss wine school at Wädenswil, near Zurich.
Our first wines were bottled in 1972. Today we have seventeen hectares of vineyard and produce more than 80.000 bottles. Grapes varieties run from the usual Chianti selection of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Malvasia, Trebbiano, to the foreign varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay. In a normal year the farm will produce one white wine, four reds and a sweet wine.
The vineyards and cellars are the domain of Aljoscha Goldschmidt and Arianna Gelpke, both enologist, the nephew and daughter of the founder Wendel Gelpke.
You should try Corzano e Paterno! You won't be disappointed. But get your mind off the basement thing. You have a very long line ahead of you!
Katherine Johnson. August 26th, 1918 - February 24, 2020
Katherine Johnson, a NASA Mathematician who calculated
precise trajectory for early space missions, was one of a small cadre
of black women who worked the "computers" featured in the 2016 film,
Celebrate the life of Katherine Johnson with a classic bottle,
a wine that is timeless and suitable to honor this woman and her accomplishments.
Only Bordeaux with a little bit of age and a lot of integrity in the bottle will due!
Chateau Ruat Petit Poujeaux Moulis Medoc 2010, $25
John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says:
"This is an excellent price for a Bordeaux with 10 years of age."
Teaching Moment: There is a widespread belief that all wines get better
with age but the truth is that fe actually improve. Generally speaking according
to Marnie Old, a Philadelphia Sommelier known for straight talk,
Reds including Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo (that which will be Barolo!)
and Shiraz have long term potential. Far fewer shite varietals can stand age but Riesling and Chenin Blanc can go years in bottle! Ask staff @MetroWines.
And carrying on the standard of excellence set by Katherine Johnson,
the first woman is set to become a Green Beret!
The "Rembrandt" is REALLY Rembrandt
The Rembrandt is for real. As labeled! But what about wine?
Most countries allow wineries to label bottles as single varietal when the content
is not 100% of that grape. For example, Australia says a wine cannot be called Cabernet unless it is 100%, whereas in California 75% Cabernet content will do.
The law: https://www.ttb.gov/wine/
If you are searching for a 100% varietal. Check the label or ask staff.
Some of you may be asking if <than 100% means the wine is a "Fake."
No. To label a bottle as Pinot Noir when it is loaded with sugar and Syrah does not mean it is "fake" but it also does not mean it is varietally correct, honest Pinot Noir.
Another reason to shop localLY and ask staff!
But "fakes" are showing up everywhere, in the news and in every product.
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton ruled out working with Amazon
citing the "fakes" sold on its marketplace.
And NYT reports that Elmyr de Hory, one of the most notorious 20th century
art forgers in is now believed to have forged over 1,000 works by major artists!
But this Wine is Real! Vinaccio100% Grillo, $13.99
The idea of Vinaccio is to source old varietals from Italy but to treat them
with innovative techniques and natural winemaking methods, without following
any convention or tradition. Using Vino da Tavola appellation for the wines
which frees a winemaker from having to follow any rules regarding typical winemaking or aging for those areas. Made from 100% Grillo, the calcareous limestone soil
gives the wine verve and mineral undertones with typical fruit blossom aromatics.
Selecting wines for your wedding can be daunting. So many choices. Let us help you manage the situation with "not more choices just better ones!" Call Kristen at 828-575-9525.
This is the condition that results when you are faced with too many choices.
Bed Bath and Beyond seeks to cut the clutter:
(Edina on the left. Patsy on the right)
A while back, there was a BBC Show about two aging, hedonistic groupies
that spend their days drinking and shopping.
While being driven to Harrod's to buy milk, Edina, abundantly familiar with choices,
says "I don't want more choices, I just want better ones."
And that is what you get @MetroWines!
A curated collection of wines from around the world that fits
every interest, price point, occasion and recipe.
We are Absolutely Fabulous Approved!
To prove the point, a better choice among the many,
we suggest "E" from España, one of the Locations Wines.
According to John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine,
"E is a rich, full bodied wine with European flavors." $21.
Robert Parker says 93 Points: Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
If you judge wines on how they taste and the degree of pleasure they offer,
they are all incredible efforts. The three new cuvees I tasted are among the finest wine values one could hope to find. Moreover, there are 50,000 cases of each, no easy feat given the grapes Phinney has accessed and the quality he has turned out. As of now, Dave Phinney might be my “value winemaker of the year” candidate. P.S. It’s too expensive for this report, but I am including it as an hommage to what Dave Phinney has achieved. If there are better wines for under $20 a bottle in the world today,
please share that information with The Wine Advocate.
"Love Drunk" and OPP Winemaker Tells ALL!
Congratulations Andre! We LOVE you.
Other People’s Pinot is classic Oregon Pinot from Willamette Valley.
It is accessible, a great value and stays true to the character of the vineyards
from which it was born. Earthy, spicy, floral, herb-framed flavors of cherry
with gingery wood spice tones. $24
Personal Note Alert: When I logged onto Andre's Facebook page to say congratulations, I found his friends including Lettie Teague.
Long time supporters of Andre and his wine, we are in good company!
*** Trip to Italy ***
Ciao Asheville is Partnering with The Sister Cities
in Saluda and Hendersonville
to present the first program in our Travel Series
"Italy Off The Beaten Path"
Sunday, March 8th from 1 to 2:30
$15 for Presentation, Glass of Italian Wine and Light Appetizers
In other Italian News:
2018 "Due Amici"
90% Montepulciano and 10% Sangiovese
Click to image to check availability and price online. $13.99 @MetroWines.
Maurizio Marchetti is a charming character leading a charmed life.
He lives near the Adriatic coast of Italia in a region that sees nearly 3,000 hours
(200 days) of sun each year! Also, his wife is a cardiologist (so she brings home
the pancetta, as we like to say), leaving Maurizio free to pursue his two art forms: painting and making wine. Since he needn’t rely on wine to earn an income,
Maurizio can afford to be as picky with his grapes as he wants. He is so selective
that he sometimes produces as little as a half bottle of wine per plant!
Maurizio’s great-great-grandfather was an exotic spice trader,
sailing to the Far East over 250 years ago. He was quite successful,
allowing the family to buy the land that is now the Marchetti estate.
On their property, they have a castellino (‘little castle’) whose interior walls
have murals of Chinese sailors loading ships with the highly prized spices.
Also In Memoriam
Pier 1 Files for Bankruptcy due to online competition from Amazon and Wayfair.
This is heartbreaking. Pier 1 was a coming of age store. First time on your own store.
Affordable furniture store. Introduction to the rest of the world store!
Many of us of a certain age bought a lot of "firsts" at Pier1, pots, lamps, rugs, tiki bowls,
and learned about foods from other countries, shades of chocolate and wine!
And you continued to shop there because they always had the right bowl, cloth napkins or pillows!
Soft Wine to Sit, Think and Sink into Memories
Glenelly Cabernet 2016 $14.99
A Bordeaux Blend from South Africa
Rich with concentrated cherry, cranberry, bell pepper,
paprika, graphite and freshly cut grass and herbs.
Explore the world affordably just like we did at Pier 1 !!
You Can't beat Our Price: $14.99 @MetroWines
A Second Kitchen?
When friends stop by to drop of afternoon Thai food or just to bring you the newspaper
that was in their yard, look no further than California DRY Riesling from Santa Barbara County
legend Tatomer. The "Steinhugel" from the lauded Santa Maria valley, is sourced
from certified biodynamic grapes and with an extremely minimalist hand,
churns into a lasting, pingy, green apple, fresh as the morning dew and BONE DRY Riesling
that you need to have at least a half case of on your pantry shelves!
Hart to Find.
2017 Tatomer Steinhugel Riesling $19.99
From The MetroWines Book Review Department
The phenomenon of friendship is universal and elemental.
Friends, after all, are the family we choose.
But what makes these bonds not just pleasant but essential,
and how do they affect our bodies and our minds?
In Friendship, science journalist Lydia Denworth takes us in search
of friendship’s biological, psychological, and evolutionary foundations.
She finds friendship to be as old as early life on the African savannas
when tribes of people grew large enough for individuals to seek fulfillment
of their social needs outside their immediate families.
Denworth draws a link from primate relationships to
scientists at the frontiers of brain and genetics research and discovers
that friendship is reflected in our brain waves, our genomes,
and our cardiovascularand immune systems; its opposite, loneliness, can kill.
At long last, social connectionis recognized as critical to wellness and longevity.
I asked Brett Watson to select a bond building bottle!
"Nothing will induce and keep conversation going more than a unique bottle
of skin-fermented (orange) wine from legendary winemaker Elisabetta Foradori.
More known for her Northern Italian "Dolomite Mountain" reds,
she brings us her Ampeleia label from the brambly seaside hills of Maremm,
a in Southern Tuscany. A blend of mostly different strains of Trebbiano mixed
with a dose of Malvasia and rare Ansonica. The bio-dynamic bottling ferments
on skins for 7 days, then ages in concrete tank. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Also, just tastes really realllllly good."
Bring Back the Tomboy
Nancy McKeon as Jo Polniaczek on "Facts of Life" in 1982.
Everybody loved Jo. With her mane of brown hair and disdain for convention,
the Tomboy who spoke her mind and had no need for high society,
was adored by little girls across America.
Jo inspired generations of early feminists to be forthright and assertive
rejecting traditional, passive femininity.
If encouraging the return of the Tomboy is of interest to you,
this book is a full examination of what was, what is and what could be.
In any case, your Read it With or BE it With Wine
FYI: Tomboy Knows NO Age!
Anna Gallisà is the Oenologist
Fresh red fruit, minerality, structure and black fruit characteristics.
The wine is produced from all the grape varieties grown:
Garnatxa, Cabernet Sauvignon, Samsó, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
And I have no idea what this says but if you can read Spanish,
please enjoy this interview with Anna!
All This for $19.99 @MetroWines
News Release: Wednesday, February, 26, 2020
Jessica Gaydos started working in a bakery over 25 years ago, loved it, and hasn’t stopped working with food and wine since! She currently heads operations at Olive This!, a downtown Asheville boutique specializing in high quality extra virgin olive oils and vinegars and is on the board of Slow Food Asheville. Her high school jobs in restaurant kitchens led to a BS in Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management from New Mexico State University, with a focus on restaurant operations. After many years of dining room and kitchen management, she transitioned to a long term stint with a French olive oil & specialty food company, time as a personal chef, and as an adjunct culinary instructor for Denver Public Library’s nationally recognized cultural programming, Fresh City Life. She is a graduate of the Ballymaloe Cookery School’s Culinary Certificate Program, where she polished her cooking skills in the midst of a 100 acre organic farm in County Cork, Ireland. An avid gardener, Jessica has long been a proponent of local, seasonal, and sustainable cooking.
March 6, 2020 at 6:00 PM
The Rediscovery of Historical Women Artists in Florence
Florence is home to great masters of Italian Renaissance art such as Botticelli, Donatello, Leonardo and Michelangelo but few people know that the city nourished women artists as well. Through the joint efforts of Italian museums such as the Uffizi and the US organization Advancing Women Artists, these often-forgotten women are now being rediscovered and their works restored and exhibited once more.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, join us and conservator Elizabeth Wicksfor a talk focusing on Plautilla Nelli, Artemisa Gentileschi, Violante Siries Cerroti and Violante Ferroni, and the fascinating journey of their rediscovery and conservation.
This program is organized in collaboration with
Skylodge Adventures in Peru
At Skylodge Adventure Suites in Peru, guests arrive either by hiking more
than 1300 feet upor by zipping in like a superhero on a series of zoo lines.
The rooms are transparent capsules haring on the side of a mountain
with panoramic views of Sacred Valley.
OK. I am saying right now that I do not have the guts for this kind of adventure.
If it was me, I would be taking vodka and a big glass. Scrap it. I'm drinking from the bottle!
BUT, for those of you who are courageous thrill seekers,
I have asked Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine,
to pick a "thrill seekers" bottle
to put in your backpackbound for your mountain side room
or for the still adventurous yet level comforts of your table!
2019 Pituko Viognier from Echeverria in Chile
Andy says: "I love it"
"The wine is unfiltered, unfined with no extra sulfites added.
It is a salty, flowery seaspray."
for the Lancia Starts HF Zero! Oooooooh baby!
Come back to reality. Value minded reality!
I asked Brett Watson to let us down easily.
"Nothing is more all encompassing for everyday drinking than pure and simple Chianti.
Tenuta Casabianca makes a certified organic and vegan (first certified in Chianti)
based offering that is 90% sangiovese and 10% merlot that knocks it out of the park at $10.99.
Drink this with your morning crossword, afternoon sandwich or hors d'oeuvres or dinner party.
Stand 12 bottles up in your pantry for 10 years or drink them all this weekend.
It will be an equally wonderful an experience."
2016 Tenuta Casabianca Chianti Colli Senesi
*** $10.99 ***
Driving to DC?
Pick up a bottle of Veuve @MetroWines for after the show.